Ansible, Centos65, Oracle VirtualBox, Vagrant and Provision

In Agile age, can't wait for environment’s (Development, Test, SIT and Pre-Prod and Prod) in place for start the development and configuration. What we need, just single windows system, where we can start provisioning with below tools and technologies. This will help more in Continues Development CD, Continues Integration CI and Continues Delivery CD.

Ansible centos virtualbox vagrant and provision
Ansible centos virtualbox vagrant and provision

Let’s discussed how it will possible:

Windows 7 OS 64
Install the Oracle VM VirtualBox  or any VM more
Install Vagrant more
Download Centos box more
Install ansible
Install Git Bash more

Open the Git Base
Windows Start > All Programs > Git > Git Base

Welcome to Git (version 1.9.5-preview20150319)

 Run 'git help git' to display the help index.
 Run 'git help <command>' to display help for specific commands.
 tutorialbyexample@WS7 ~

Crete the directory vagrant-ansible-centos under c:\
e.g. c:\vagrant-ansible-centos

Download it from

  - Vagrantfile 
  - etc 
        -  ansible
                    - web.yml
                    - site.yml
                    - roles
                             - git
                                   - tasks
                                            - main.yml
                             - tar
                                   - tasks
                                            - main.yml
                             - zip
                                   - tasks
                                            - main.yml
  - inventory
        - dev 

Pest the all files under c:\vagrant-ansible-centos
1. Vagrantfile (no any extension)
# Vagrantfile Details

Vagrant.configure(VAGRANTFILE_API_VERSION) do |config| = "centos6"
  config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |vb|
    vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", "5000", "--cpus", "2"]
  config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant-ansible-centos"

cp -rf /vagrant-ansible-centos/inventory /tmp
chmod -x /tmp/inventory/*
sudo ansible-playbook -vvvv -i /tmp/inventory/$1 /vagrant-ansible-centos/etc/ansible/site.yml --extra-vars 'proxy_host="proxy_host" proxy_port="80" proxy_username="tutorialbyexample" proxy_password="password" proxy_required=true'
#sudo ansible-playbook -vvvv -i /tmp/inventory/$1 /vagrant-ansible-centos/etc/ansible/site.yml

3. dev (no extensions)
local ansible_ssh_port=2200 ansible_ssh_host= ansible_connection=local


4. web.yml
- hosts: web-servers
  remote_user: root
  sudo: yes
    - zip
    - tar
    - git

5. site.yml 
- include: web.yml

6. main.yml (this is for git)
- name: Install Git
  yum: name={{ item }} state=present
    - git
    - git-svn

7. main.yml (this is for tar)
- name: Install tar 
  yum: name=tar state=present  

8. main.yml (this is for zip)
- name: Install zip/unzip util
  yum: name={{ item }} state=present
    - "zip"
    - "unzip"

Need to switch our base tool to vagrant-ansible-centos directory
$ cd C:\vagrant-ansible-centos

$ pwd

$ ls -tlr

Note: assuming has been downloaded under c:\vagrant-ansible-centos

$ vagrant box add centos6
Downloading or copying the box...
Extracting box...ate: 2005k/s, Estimated time remaining: --:--:--)
Successfully added box 'centos6' with provider 'virtualbox'!

Note: You will experiences new folder created under /c/vagrant-ansible-centos with name .vagrant

$ vagrant up
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'virtualbox' provider...
[default] Importing base box 'centos6'...
[default] Matching MAC address for NAT networking...
[default] Setting the name of the VM...
[default] Clearing any previously set forwarded ports...
[default] Fixed port collision for 22 => 2222. Now on port 2200.
[default] Creating shared folders metadata...
[default] Clearing any previously set network interfaces...
[default] Preparing network interfaces based on configuration...
[default] Forwarding ports...
[default] -- 22 => 2200 (adapter 1)
[default] Running 'pre-boot' VM customizations...
[default] Booting VM...
[default] Waiting for machine to boot. This may take a few minutes...
[default] Machine booted and ready!
[default] Mounting shared folders...
[default] -- /vagrant
[default] -- /vagrant-ansible-centos
[default] Configuring proxy environment variables...
[default] Configuring proxy for Yum...

Alternatively, ssh into localhost:2200 or 2222 what ever printed on above
using private key c/vagrant-ansible-centos\.vagrant\machines\default\virtualbox\private_key

$ vagrant ssh
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 ~]$ pwd
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 ~]$ ls -tlr
total 0
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 ~]$ cd /vagrant-ansible-centos/
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ ls -tlr

All this files will mount in /vagrant-ansible-centos/ as mentioned in Vagrent file.

Install the Ansible

[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ sudo yum install ansible
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, versionlock
Determining fastest mirrors
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * updates:

Verify the Ansible
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ ansible --version
ansible 1.9.2
  configured module search path = None

Provision it, with script along with Ansible

[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ ./ dev

PLAY [web-servers] ************************************************************

GATHERING FACTS ***************************************************************
ok: [local]

TASK: [zip | Install zip/unzip util] ******************************************
<> REMOTE_MODULE yum name=zip,unzip state=present

TASK: [tar | Install tar] *****************************************************
<> REMOTE_MODULE yum name=tar state=present
ok: [local] => {"changed": false, "msg": "", "rc": 0, "results": ["tar-1.23-11.el6.x86_64 providing tar is already installed"]}

TASK: [git | Install Git] *****************************************************
<> REMOTE_MODULE yum name=git,git-svn state=present

PLAY RECAP ********************************************************************
local                      : ok=4    changed=2    unreachable=0    failed=0

[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$

Verify the provision software, e.g. git, tar and zip

[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ git --version
git version 1.7.1
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ tar --version
tar (GNU tar) 1.23
Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by John Gilmore and Jay Fenlason.
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$ zip --version
Copyright (c) 1990-2008 Info-ZIP - Type 'zip "-L"' for software license.
This is Zip 3.0 (July 5th 2008), by Info-ZIP.
Currently maintained by E. Gordon.  Please send bug reports to
the authors using the web page at; see README for details.

Latest sources and executables are at,
as of above date; see for other sites.

Compiled with gcc 4.4.4 20100525 (Red Hat 4.4.4-5) for Unix (Linux ELF) on Nov 11 2010.

Zip special compilation options:
        USE_EF_UT_TIME       (store Universal Time)
        SYMLINK_SUPPORT      (symbolic links supported)
        LARGE_FILE_SUPPORT   (can read and write large files on file system)
        ZIP64_SUPPORT        (use Zip64 to store large files in archives)
        UNICODE_SUPPORT      (store and read UTF-8 Unicode paths)
        STORE_UNIX_UIDs_GIDs (store UID/GID sizes/values using new extra field)
        UIDGID_NOT_16BIT     (old Unix 16-bit UID/GID extra field not used)
        [encryption, version 2.91 of 05 Jan 2007] (modified for Zip 3)

Encryption notice:
        The encryption code of this program is not copyrighted and is
        put in the public domain.  It was originally written in Europe
        and, to the best of our knowledge, can be freely distributed
        in both source and object forms from any country, including
        the USA under License Exception TSU of the U.S. Export
        Administration Regulations (section 740.13(e)) of 6 June 2002.

Zip environment options:
             ZIP:  [none]
          ZIPOPT:  [none]
[vagrant@vagrant-centos65 vagrant-ansible-centos]$

Is not it simple? For real implementation only we have to change the actual IP address of web server.


local ansible_ssh_port=2200 ansible_ssh_host= ansible_connection=local


Note: instead of local need to change the actual IP address and it will work for you.

Feel free put your point of view if any. Happy learning and implementation!!!

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